Completing the Religious Education Credentialing Program
What do I need to do to complete the program?
After being accepted into the program, the following forms and lists must be submitted to the Office of Religious Education Credentialing in order to complete the program:
- Completed and signed Letter of Recommendation forms
- Completed Personal Statement of Theology and Pedagogy form
- Completed and signed Reading List
- Requested transcript/s
- Religious Education Credentialing Portfolio
For those participants seeking status as a Credentialed Religious Educator, or as a Credentialed Religious Educator, Masters Level, certain academic requirements must be completed before program completion. All levels must have met the required length of experience as a professional religious educator, different for each level, before completing the program.
In most cases, a relationship with a Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) mentor must be completed, in which case a Mentor Form (available from the mentor) would also be submitted.
For those participants seeking status as a Credentialed Religious Educator, or as a Credentialed Religious Educator, Masters Level, an evaluative interview with the Religious Education Credentialing Committee at their October or February meeting is the final step in the program. A personal photograph must be submitted to the Office of Religious Education Credentialing for the purpose of the Religious Education Credentialing Committee interview. Those seeking status as a Credentialed Religious Educator, Associate Level will have their portfolio and other completion materials evaluated by the Religious Education Credentialing Director at any time during the year.
Is there a time limit to complete the program?
No, there is no limit. Participants are encouraged to take as much time as their personal and professional considerations require.
How long does it take to complete a level?
It can take as little or as long as is necessary for a program participant to complete the program requirements. Most participants anticipate taking 1-5 years to complete the program.
How do I find the time to do this?
This program is one of professional development. Ideally, like all programs of professional development, a plan for undertaking the development is jointly created together by the religious educator and congregation. As such, a congregation must understand that professional development is an essential component of the position of professional religious educator, and time, within the scope of the position, should be allotted to this endeavor. A religious educator will need to evaluate whether the program can be completed within this time frame, and perhaps consider using some personal time for this purpose.
If I start out at Credentialed Religious Educator, Associate Level, do I have to work through every level?
No. Although some program participants may choose to do so, it is neither a requirement nor an expectation of the program. Each level is meant to stand-alone. The level or levels that religious educators choose to work towards depends on their own personal and professional considerations, as well as those of their congregation.